Adeleye hopes his side Tavriya Simferopol will be able to pick a Europa Cup spot ahead of Odibe's Arsenal Kyiv
Nigeria international and Tavriya Simferopol defender Ayodele Adeleye believes his Ukrainain side are in pole position to pick the final third spot for next season's Europa League competition despite the impressive form of new-look Arsenal Kyiv that parades another Nigerian defender Michael Odibe.
Odibe has played an integral part in helping his side to fifth place as they hope to maintain a challenge to qualify for Europe's second tier club competition. He admitted that the Ukrainian title is for Dynamo to lose considering their rich vein of form in the league but was quick to submit that with a game in hand against his former club Metalurg Donetsk, both Dnipro Dnipopetrovsk and Arsenal Kyiv should forget the automatic qualification for the Europa League.
“Dynamo Kyiv are the favorites for the title but they must be wary of the current champions Shakhtar Donetsk,” Adeleye told Goal.com.
“Dynamo have recruited well this season and are desperate to regain the title they last won in 2009. But I feel comfortable with the position we are now because it's a challenge for us to finish ahead of Dnipro Dnipopetrovsk.
"If we win our game in hand against Metalurg Donetsk and maintain our form till the end of the season, the Europa League is certain," Adeleye revealed.
Last Sunday's five-star performance at Karpaty has enabled Europa League chasers Tavriya to pile up more pressure to earn one of the three spots for the competition in the Ukrainain league and Adeleye believes his team's best is yet to come in the remaining fixtures.
However, Arsenal Kyiv's defender Odibe, believes that despite Tavriya's two-point gap and a game in hand, Saturday's game at the Respublikanskiy stadium will be a good opportunity to earn maximum points off their rivals for the Europa league competition.
"We just have to believe that we will qualify for the competition," Odibe said.
"With eight games left to play, we still stand a massive chance of knocking Tavriya out of that position, but we must ensure that we win on Saturday no matter what because if we maintain our home form, we will definitely qualify for the competition," he added.
It will be recalled that Odibe who missed his team's 1-1 against Zorya due to a groin injury he copped in the Kiev derby against league leaders Dynamo Kiev recently signed a three-year extension contract with Arsenal Kyiv. He has so far played 12 games and scored two goals since joining Kyiv last year on loan from Siena in Italy.